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Stamp Enthusiasts Gather in Downtown Reno

By Andrea Laue
Joanne, a novice picker, shows a “hinged” stamp in an album she’s rifling through. Pickers review the contents of albums not yet mined by dealers looking for rare gems–or personal favorites.

The Nevada Stamp Study Society (NSSS) hosted the 2019 Greater Reno Stamp & Cover Show at the National Bowling Stadium on July 27-28, 2019. In honor of the 1969 moon landing and in conjunction with the “1969 First Moon Landing” stamp released by the USPS, the theme of this year’s show was the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission.

The show featured 10 dealers offering stamps, covers, historical postcards, and other postal memorabilia. The USPS sold current stamps, and a vendor offered philatelic catalogs and supplies.

In addition to buying and selling stamps, attendees viewed many exhibits assembled from others’ stamp collections. Applauding one exhibit that told the story of a WWII soldier through his correspondence, judge Tim Bartshe noted that stamp collecting can become a sort of social history.

Fellow judge Lisa Foster advised that philately is growing to encompass many aspects of postal history and contemporary letter writing. Sharing several Instagram accounts for groups devoted to snail mail, Foster demonstrated that philately is not just for “mature” men.

Erik Fields, Chair of the Stamp Show Committee, celebrated the event as an opportunity to “interact with like-minded people about the joys of stamp collecting.”

While the Stamp Show has concluded, the NSSS meets the second and fourth Saturday of each month. All are welcome, and members will mentor interested children as long as they are accompanied by a parent. More information and meeting details are available online at www.renostamp.org.